When the furloughs first came, the future for Rene Roy was unclear.
The Bow resident had worked for years at BirdsEyeView Aeronautics, a drone manufacturing company in Andover, serving as a commercially licensed pilot and manufacturing technician. At once, a global pandemic and economic crash was upending all of that.
After BirdsEyeView briefly shuttered, much of its highly skilled workforce was left adrift. Drone design and piloting is not exactly a universally requested skill.
But Roy found a lifeboat. As restaurants and retail shops laid off staff and braced for long term closures, one Concord company was actually expanding its workforce. And they happened to work in the drone business, too.
ArgenTech Solutions has been staying afloat throughout the pandemic, building and improving on drones for military and non-military use. The Concord company was able hire three new employees this spring, saving Roy and others from uncertainty.